NEWS

This Week

Foreign Minister George Papandreou to meet with Liberals’ party President Stephanos Manos, Democratic Social Movement (DIKKI) leader Dimitris Tsovolas and Political Spring leader Antonis Samaras to brief them on diplomatic initiatives following the terrorist attacks in the United States. – Diplomatic personnel to begin a strike. – Labor and Social Security Minister Tassos Yiannitsis to present Parliament with the social budget. He will outline its contents at a news conference at 1 p.m. – Ruling PASOK party secretary-general Costas Skandalidis visits the city of Lamia as part of his tour in view of the party’s upcoming congress. TUESDAY – President Costis Stephanopoulos travels to Madrid for an official three-day visit to Spain, during which he will hold talks with top government officials. To Thursday. -The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, and a team from the IOC’s Coordination Commission, headed by Denis Oswald, arrive in Athens to inspect preparations for the 2004 Olympics. To Friday. WEDNESDAY The government presents its draft 2002 budget to the relevant parliamentary committee. – The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), in conjunction with the Danish Institute in Athens, hosts a lecture by Erik Holm, professor at the Eleni Nakou Foundation in London, on European Anarchy: Europe’s Hard Road to High Politics. At the Danish Institute, 14 Hairefondos. For further details call 331.5022. THURSDAY Justice Minister Michalis Stathopoulos and Interior Minister Vasso Papandreou travel to Brussels for a meeting of EU interior and justice ministers. Measures to combat terrorism are expected to top the agenda. To Friday. – Leftist groups and labor unions organize an antiwar rally at 7 p.m. in front of the old campus of Athens University on Panepistimiou Street. -Panteion University of Athens in cooperation with the Piraeus University and the Lefkada Prefecture organize a conference in Lefkada on the Ionian Islands 20th-21st century: Economy, Demography, Environment and Culture. To Sunday. SATURDAY Special Supreme Court convenes to hear whether Greek courts have jurisdiction to rule on claims for reparations against Germany.